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But rather than hoard these recommendations or write silly things about them, we decided it would be best if P. You can find the first entry here.

I can tell you something about why I liked a book, but not enough. If you let it. If you do the work. From where? Kamouraska is her most famous, and most widely available in English.

If anything, it turns me off. Ideal love? The first thing I tell people about the book is that the voice switches between third and first person, where initially third is dominate, but the first takes over, more and more, though third never disappears completely.

This distance that ought to be comforting me, this sense of detachment. Seeing yourself as someone else. Pretending to be objective.

Not feeling that you and that young bride are one and the same. More concretely: Kamouraska is based on a true story. She falls in love with an American doctor and murders Tassy. Later, she remarries. The movements from pasts to the present and back can happen quickly, though as the novel goes on, the story of her life with Tassy becomes more and more linear, more consistently told. At first she is afraid to go there, to think of the horrors she lived through, and the horror she inflicted, not only murdering Tassy.

The memories burst through her present contemplation of death, triggered by little thoughts and little moments. At times the movements are hard to follow, much as third- and first-person perspective overlap, so do pasts and presents. That time. That one time. A certain time of my life, moved back to, into like an empty shell.

Enclosing me again. With the sharp little click of an oyster snapping shut. There is no Madame Rolland. Not anymore. Dying, dying. Spoiler: no one saves her. Why would someone save her? Sure, a lover comes along, but is she saved? Or is she just condemned to a different form of punishment?

Kamouraska is a cruel book. He cheats on her openly, he abuses her. He rapes her. So she kills him. She feels for her younger, broken self.

But she also feels for this man who was tormented, who was not only violent towards her, but towards himself. There are no innocents, not the other women involved with her husband, not her husband, not herself.

Maybe her new husband, but probably not, after all, she birthed him many children, and was that a choice? But every single person enacts cruelty. Every single person her narrative aggresses towards, and boy does it come at people, she also opens her heart to. Which itself causes her pain. The deep religiosity of the region is inescapable for her. Read it for all of these reasons. Now, the final factor in why I picked this book?

Because it touches on my home, on Vermont. When the books cross into my land, it touches me a little. It does wonderful things with that. Your email address will not be published. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Find my love, at the end of the earth. In Burlington.

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But rather than hoard these recommendations or write silly things about them, we decided it would be best if P. You can find the first entry here. I can tell you something about why I liked a book, but not enough. If you let it.

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